Male pattern alopecia or baldness is the most common type of hair loss in men that follows a pattern of a receding hairline. The condition is related to the male sex hormones and genes. Many studies have confirmed that men who suffer from this condition are extremely frustrated with their situation as it negatively impacts their interpersonal and professional life.
There is now a range of highly effective treatment for male pattern alopecia. However, in some countries, these treatments can be either extremely expensive or not widely available. This is the reason why many men with this condition consider medical tourism and travel to countries that specialise in providing high quality but affordable hair restoration solutions.
Southeast Asia has emerged to be one of the best medical tourism destinations for patients who seek high quality but affordable hair transplantation, a minimally invasive surgical procedure that moves hair follicles from the donor site to the recipient site. It offers a permanent solution to male pattern alopecia. This procedure is widely available in Thailand where a long list of dedicated hair transplant centres can be found. The majority of these clinics offer both follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE) techniques, which have high success and satisfaction rating. Many centres in Thailand and Singapore also now offer robotic hair restoration that uses the ARTAS system, the first robotic surgical device for hair restoration approved by the US FDA.
In Southeast Asia, hair transplantation procedures are carried out by aesthetic surgeons with medical degrees and additional years of training in hair transplantation. Many of them have graduated, trained, or even practiced abroad. They use the most advanced technology, evidence-based methods, and only proven effective techniques as they strive to deliver beautiful, natural-looking outcomes. Although the same procedures are available in the United States and other Western countries, they are significantly more affordable in Southeast Asia.